Six Flags Magic Mountain, California
Six Flags Magic Mountain, California Valencia Reviews
A not so themed park with great rides Jun 27, 2011
Six Flags Magic Mountain is one of a chain of 13 theme parks throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Magic Mountain is located in Valencia, California, a few miles North of Los Angeles. The park is very easy to reach by car being situated just off Interstate 5 and is less than an hour outside central LA. The park is clearly visible from the highway and is well signposted in any case. There is a large car park and it is a short walk to the entrance. Parking costs $15.00.
Park admission is officially $61.99 for adults and $36.99 for children (under 48”) but we bought our tickets online at a discounted rate of $36.99 per adult which we thought was good value.
Once inside it is immediately apparent that this park isn’t as colourful or themed as the Disney or Universal parks for instance but we were there for the rides and, for us, they are what is important.
As serial theme park visitors our prime interest was the big, fast, high and scary rides and this park has them in abundance, but there are also the usual mix of more gentle rides and water rides, so there is a ride for everyone. The rides are graded as ‘Thrill Seekers in Training’, ‘Moderate Thrills’ and ‘Maximum Thrills’ in the park guide.
The park was comparatively quiet when we first arrived and we were able to tick off a number of rides quite quickly. As the day progressed however the crowds started building and by early afternoon the queues were rather lengthy and we ended up waiting for 90 minutes for a couple of rides. It is worth noting that there aren’t the same ‘queue amusements’ as the Disney/Universal parks and the line seems to take longer as a result.
The park is fairly compact so there isn’t quite so much walking as other parks and there are plenty of facilities such as restrooms, picnic areas, shops and restaurants.
There are over 40 rides at the park so there are comfortably enough to keep a family entertained for a whole day.
As for the thrill rides, the world over a roller coaster is a roller coaster, some are better than others and they are all great fun, but for a ride to be truly memorable it needs to be something a little different and this park have a few that are in that category -for example:
X2 – this is one of the best rides I have been on – anywhere, full stop! The seats are free to spin in a lateral direction so riders make the dreaded climb going backwards, lying on their backs facing the sky, not knowing when the drop will come. That first plummet then flips the seats over so that riders then face the floor as they hurtle towards the ground at a rate of knots. This effect is repeated throughout the loops and twists of the ride to the point riders become completely disorientated. Add to this a flame thrower that blasts out a fire as the carriage passes by and it means, for me, this is right up there with the best of them.
Superman – This ride catapults riders backwards along a track at 100mph and then sharply vertical up to 415 feet before the car runs out of momentum. It then starts to plunge back downwards, the riders now facing forwards as the car gathers speed and heads vertically back down to the ground and rushes back along the horizontal.
Green Lantern – this is a vertically spinning coaster that descends a zig zag track with riders running around the outside of the very tight circumferences of the turns with all seats spinning idependantly of each other.
There are some fabulous rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain and despite the fact that this park isn’t as slick as some others I would put this one in the highly recommended category. The park has some stiff competition in the LA area with Universal, Disney and Knotts Berry Farm parks being close, but this park has its own appeal and is highly recommended.
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Magic May 28, 2010
Well if you love roller coasters this is the park for you. It has lots of different rides to suit everyone's desires. The locals call it "Magic" for short.
Try to not to go on a summer weekend, the lines will be pretty big plus 100F degree heat won't help. However during summer at night there are always fireworks, its especially cool when you're riding when they go off.
Like every attraction park its expensive and the food is not that great and pricey. I believe you get 1 re-entrance pass, so for lunch its better to go somewhere into town and get some real food. It is only a 7 minute drive to the mall and every other restaurant known to mankind.
If you're looking to save on parking you can park your car down hill at Wendy's and just walk up, its not that bad and takes about 5 minutes. It also usually have some kind of deal going on, buy one ticket get one free, or bring a coke can, etc.
There is also a kids park inside, so if you have small children, they will not be bored.
I've been here many, many times and always had a good time.
Its a fun place to spend the day and at the end before leaving you can buy a funnel cake, they're delicious, right near the exit.
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SIX FLAGS AMUZEMENT PARK May 31, 2008
Another great place to have some excitement in California. It should take about 3 hours to get there from San Diego but I have that heavy foot>>>maybe 2, lol. If you are feeling like the roller coaster rider be prepared to choose from over 20 rides at least. My favorite ride at the park is the GOLIATH, ooh wee! Not to mention the children rides as well for the little ones. I recommend this park for ages 6-up to adults. If you have heart problems, pregnant or possible sickness dont think about it. These rides will have you on your feet throughout the day and may be harmful to your condition. To buy food is no problem either, average for a theme park and they have restaurants too. I had the Mooseburger Lodge (restaurant near entrance) when I go and they have a variety of selections for your meals. When you leave the park just a reminder there are lots of restaurants, hotels, and convienent stores to enjoy before getting on the road home.
**Note- Some rides don't allow items to be carried, you may have to put them in an locker**
**Bring cash, loose change for those lockers**
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